JSP™ and XML: Integrating XML and Web Services in Your JSP Application, 1st edition

  • Casey Kochmer
  • Erica Frandsen

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The first Internet revolution was all about delivering information to people. We are now in the second revolution, which focuses on delivering information to systems. XML is the tool that makes this new revolution a reality, and Web services are the methods by which businesses will drive system-to-system communication. JSP(TM) and XML takes you beyond the basics, giving you practical advice and in-depth coverage. In the book, you'll learn the technologies and techniques needed to create your own Web services for use in JSP applications. Written by programmers for programmers, the book will help you successfully utilize these exciting technologies with minimal hassle and maximum speed.


In JSP™ and XML you will:

  • Learn how to use XML, XSLT, and XPath in your JSP site
  • Program SAX to speed up your XML document processing
  • Understand DOM to learn the W3C standard method of working with XML
  • Coordinate cross-browser client-side XML utilization
  • Understand the Web services alphabet
  • Learn how to leverage Web services to simplify access to your data
  • Learn how SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI integrate into Web Services
  • Use JDOM and dom4J to easily work with XML files
  • Design a balanced JSP site using XML
  • Expand your knowledge of JSP to add new functionality to your Web pages
  • Learn how to practically apply Servlet filters and listeners to a Web site
  • Build dynamic JSP pages that can self- modify, making sites easier to maintain
  • Understand how the new JSP XML syntax works
  • Review the basics of database access within JSP
  • Learn JSP tag library design and how tag libraries simplify using XML and Web Services

Table of contents



1. Integrating JSP and Data.

Using JSP with a Database.

Entering the Data.

Reviewing the Code for Entering Data.

Viewing the Data.

Other Considerations.

Connection Pooling.

Testing Components.

Testing for Scale.

Basic Design Concepts.

Using a Tag library.


2. Introduction to XML/XSL.

What Is XML?

Rules of XML.

Tags and Elements.

The XML Declaration.

Document Type Declaration.


Character Entities.

CDATA Sections.


Well-Formed and Validated Documents.

On to Using XML.



Stylesheet Linking.



Stylesheet Errors.

Whitespace and Encoding.

Entity Declarations.

Trees, Nodes, and Family.



3. Understanding Web Services.

What Is a Web Service?

Crystal Ball Readings.

The ABCs of Web Services.

The Basic Building Blocks.

Service Management Initiatives.

Java APIs.

How to Use a Web Service.

Using SOAP.

Roaming the Internet.



4. A Quick Start to JSP and XML Together.

The Relationship Between XML and JSP.

A Warning.

JAXP, Xerces, and Xalan.

JSP and XML: An Overview.


DOM (XML Document Object Model).

SAX (XML Parser).

JDOM (XML Document Representation).

dom4j (XML Document Representation).

JAXB (Parser and XML Document Representation).


5. Using DOM.

What Is the DOM?

Strengths of DOM.

Weaknesses of DOM.

Nodes and Tree Structure.

The Document Node.

Programming with DOM.



Removing a Node.

Moving Nodes.

Copying and Appending Nodes.

Programmatically Creating an XML Document.

Moving Nodes Between Documents.




JDOM, dom4j, and Deferred DOM.


6. Programming SAX.

What Is SAX?

The Workings of SAX.

SAX Interfaces.

Downsides to SAX.

Differences Between SAX1 and SAX2.

First SAX Example.

Characters and Ignorable Whitespace.

Processing Versus Validation.

Characters Revisited.

Error Handling.

Ignorable Whitespace.

Entity References.

The Document Locator.

Breaking the System to See How It Works.

Processing Versus Validation Revisited.

Using SAX to Output HTML.


7. Successfully Using JSP and XML in an Application.

Using a Java Representation of an XML Document.

Why Not Just Use SAX or DOM?

Installing JDOM and dom4j.




Why Both JDOM and dom4j?

JDOM and dom4j: A Quick Comparison.

Common Ways to Use XML.

Using a Database with XML.

XML Initialization Files.

Storing the Initialization Data.

Using a Listener to Store the DatabaseParameter Object.

Using a Java XML Model.

Threading Issues.

Getting the Row Count.

XML and the WebRowSet.

Building a dom4j Helper Class.

Creating a Banner Handler.

Creating a Test JSP Page.

Using a Java Representation of an XML Document.

Using JAXB.

HashMap Versus Java XML Representation.

Pulling in XML Files.

Defining an XML File.

Pondering XML Design.

Reading XML Files and Creating New Output.

Using JDOM.

Building the Final JSP Page.


8. Integrating JSP and Web Services.

Thinking in JSP and Web Services.

Tag Libraries Versus Web Services.

Using Tag Libraries to Access a Web Service.

Integrating a Web Service into a JSP Page.

A Tag Library/Service Warning.

Fixing Some Network Issues.

Web Service Reliability.

When Should You Build Your Own Web Service?

JSP Pages Versus Web Service.

Building a Corporate Web Service.

Goal of This Web Service Example.

Realities of Building a Web Service.

Setting Up the Example.

Initializing Data.

Accessing Application Data.

Building the Actual Web Service.

Deploying a Web Service.

Where Is the WSDL?

Writing a JSP Page to Deploy the Descriptor File.

More on Security.

Building a Page to Access the Service.

Apache SOAP Help.


9. Advanced JSP and XML Techniques.

Accessing Web Services from a Browser.

Using an Applet.

Handling Large XML Documents.



Handling Special Characters and Encoding.

Using XML Tag Libraries.

XSL Tag Library.

XTags Library for XML.



10. Using XSL/JSP in Web Site Design.

Handling XML Files Directly.

How Servlet Mappings Work.

Building an XML Servlet Handler.

Building a SAX Reader.

Creating a Servlet to Process XML Files.

Register the Servlet.

Building the Error Page.

Creating Some Test Files.

Accessing XML Directly.


11. Using XML in Reporting Systems.

Architecture of Reporting Systems.

When to Use XML with Reports.

Data Source for Reports.

Creating Database Data.

ResultSet to XML.

What It Does.

Bringing It All Together.

The Sorting Table Stylesheet.

The Cross Tab Stylesheet.


12. Advanced XML in Reporting Systems.

Multiple-Page Reports.

The JSP for the Multiple-Page Report.

The Stylesheet for the Multiple-Page Report.

Reports on Data with One-to-Many Relationships.

The JSP for the One-to-Many Report.

The Stylesheet for the One-to-Many Report.

Real-World Reporting Systems.

Well-Formed Documents Revisited.


13. Browser Considerations with XML.

Client-Side XML and Browser Support.

Client-Side JavaScript and XML.

The JSP.

Client-Side Transformations and XML.

The Cross-Browser JavaScript Source File.

The JSP.

The Two XSL Stylesheets.


14. Building a Web Service.

Designing a Web Service.

What Is the Goal?

What Are the Requirements?

What Data Does the Service Need?

Building the Web Service.

Building a File Handler.

Building a Search Utility.

Creating an ElementHandler.

Building a Document Object.

Applying a Stylesheet.

Creating a Stylesheet.

Building the Web Service at Last.

Registering the Web Service with Apache SOAP.

Creating a WSDL File.

WSDL Namespaces.

Creating the JSPBuzz WSDL File.

WSDL Implementation File.

WSDL Documentation.

Registering Within UDDI.

Registering a Service.

Using Java to Access a WSDL Document.


15. Advanced Application Design.

Dynamic JSP.

When Not to Use Dynamic JSP.

Building a Dynamic JSP Example.

SOAP Server Security Concerns.

Using Tomcat Security Zones.

Servlet Filtering.

Other Apache SOAP-Specific Security Steps.

Quick Takes.

Web Services—SSL and Data Encryption.

Using Cocoon.



A. Setting Up.

Installing the JSP Environment.

The Java Software Development Kit (SDK).

The Tomcat Server.

Creating a Web Site for the Book.


The MySQL Database Server.

Creating a MySQL Database.

Installing a JDBC Driver.


B. Introduction to JSP and How Things Work.

JSP Basics.

JSP Banner Example.


JSP Actions, Directives, and Implicit Objects.

A More Robust JSP Example.

Additional Information About JSP.

What Is JSP and How Does It Work?

JSP XML Syntax.

JSP Documentation Resources.


C. Tag Library.

Tag Library Overview.

What Is a Tag Library?



The Six Steps to Building Tag Libraries.

Tag Library Concepts.

Isolating the Business Logic.

The Tag Handler.

The Tag Library Descriptor (TLD).

Creating a Distribution File.

Registering the Tag Library.

Using the Tag Library Declaration on a JSP Page.

Building a Tag Library.

Isolating the Business Logic.

Building a Tag Handler.

The Tag Library Descriptor.

Registering the Tag Library.

Using the Tag Library on a JSP Page.

General Notes.

Body Data.

Design Notes.

Empty Tags.



D. XSL Reference.

XSLT and XPath.

Context and Current Nodes.


XSLT Elements.

XPath Functions.

Index. 0672323540T03282002

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